Welcome to Week 1 of the Online Book Club discussion of The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy by Douglas Adams.
The Online Book Club, if you've never joined us before, is a book discussion group that takes place entirely online. Each week, I write a new blog post that talks about different aspects of the book, and you can interact directly with me and other readers by leaving your comments. Check back each week and see what new topics we're talking about.
The Hitchhiker's Guide to the Galaxy is the story of Arthur Dent, an ordinary man whose ordinary life changes in an instant when his best friend turns out to be a galactic explorer who plucks Arthur off of Earth seconds before it is destroyed. Arthur and his friend Ford embark on a journey through the galaxy where they encounter aliens and all sorts of fantastical creatures and people.
If you want to follow along with us but you aren't interested in reading the book, you can always watch the movie version starring Martin Freeman and Sam Rockwell. Check out the trailer above if you want to get a feel for the movie. Feel free to still leave comments on the blog posts, even if you're only watching the movie and not reading the book.
We'll read the first twelve chapters for next week, so make sure to check those out before reading the next blog post. Our comments section is currently experiencing some technical difficulties, so make sure to leave comments on our Facebook page, so I can know your thoughts about the book!